- Alfred McAdams studied architecture and started his career as a draftsman during World War II. He soon discovered that he preferred to paint, however, and took evening courses at the Corcoran School of Art.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1926, Jack Youngerman studied at the Universities of North Carolina and Missouri. In 1947–48 he studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he continued to live and paint until 1956.
After suffering a stroke in his fifties, Edgar Tolson returned to his childhood hobby of whittling. Tolson lived his entire life in the mountains of Appalachia, raising eighteen children and working as a preacher, farmer, carpenter, cobbler, and chairmaker.
Ben Miller creates walking sticks decorated with snakes, lizards, and insects. He collects twisted dogwood roots, and incorporates his designs into the natural shape of the wood.
"I paint many paintings that tell me slowly that I have something inside of me that is just bursting, twisting, sticking, spilling over to get out. Out into souls and mouths and eyes that have never seen before. The Monsters are present now on my canvas as in my dreams. …"
Rude Osolnik moved to Kentucky in 1937 to run an industrial arts program at Berea College. For more than forty years he began work at two in the morning so that he could spend four hours at the lathe before a day of teaching.
Byron Temple was first exposed to handcrafted pottery through the ceramic pots his family used on a rural farm in Indiana. His interest in ceramics led him to study at Ball State University, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sample's attempt to impose a Thomas Hart Benton/Grant Wood brand of Midwestern regionalism on New England seems to have been at once affirmative and upbeat, and singularly touched with irony.